Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone has had broken shotgun snipers before, but this is something else.
The 12-Gauge Deputy underbarrel shotgun attachment for the FR 556 assault rifle is, well, there's no nice way to say this: it's broken beyond belief. It's dishing out insane damage at a range no underbarrel shotgun should. Right now, it's a one-hit kill machine - eliminating players with full armour plates and full health at a range of 15 metres.
Clearly, this is not working as intended. With the recent launch of Season 5, developer Infinity Ward buffed the FR 556 and it hasn't worked properly. What appears to have happened is Infinity Ward's range buff for the FR 556 has carried over to the underbarrel shotgun attachment as well. High-profile Call of Duty YouTuber TheXclusiveAce released a video highlighting the issue, and of course the wider Call of Duty community picked it up.
And so you have clips like these doing the rounds:
This is not okay. We are all DOOMED pic.twitter.com/ZQkJn6BD4H— NRG HusKerrs (@HusKerrs) August 17, 2020
Thankfully, the underbarrel shotgun uses special ammo that can only be obtained from an ammunition box or an ammo dump, so keeping it fully loaded is a bit tricky. But once you're stocked up, it's a killing machine.
And, also thankfully, the FR 556 assault rifle is otherwise one of the worst weapons in Warzone, with awful recoil to contend with. Outside this broken underbarrel shotgun attachment, it won't help at all.
Infinity Ward has taken notice of the problem, tweeting that it's working on a fix:
We?ve identified the issue with the FR 5.56 and are currently working on a fix. We?ll share more details as they become available. Thank you all for your patience.— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) August 17, 2020
Until then, though - it's FR 556-city in Warzone. Fingers crossed Xbox One owners won't have to download a 66GB update again for this patch.